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Dire States tour visits Texas to support Proposition 1

Racine, Wis. — CASE Construction Equipment has partnered with the Texas Good Roads and Transportation Association and ASCO Equipment to bring its Dire States initiative to Texas in support of Proposition 1 (the Texas Transportation Funding Amendment). The amendment, which would direct an estimated $1.4 billion annually from oil and gas tax revenues in the state's Rainy Day Fund, will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and support investment in new highway/transportation construction and maintenance.

Tifft Pier Rehab named APWA West NY Project of the Year

Buffalo, N.Y. — The Tifft Street Pier rehabilitation project in Buffalo, N.Y., was named the 2013 Project of the Year in the structures/facilities category by the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Tifft Street Pier, which provides enhanced access to formerly underutilized waterfront properties and recreation areas, was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Horner & Shifrin selected for Poplar Bluff schools renovation

St. Louis, Mo. — Horner & Shifrin (H&S) was chosen to provide structural engineering services and civil and surveying design on several projects for the Poplar Bluff R1 School District in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Working alongside Ittner Architects and Dille & Traxel Architects, H&S will design a new, cutting-edge high school campus, while retrofitting the previous campus for use as a 4-6 grade center.

McMahon Associates opens new office in Rhode Island

Providence, R.I. — McMahon Associates, Inc., a full-service transportation engineering and planning firm, announced the opening of its newest New England office in Providence, R.I. As its thirteenth office along the East Coast, McMahon continues to strategically plan to broaden its market areas, while meeting the needs of its clients.

TxDOT selects McCarthy/LAN team to design and construct SH-71 Express Toll Lanes

Austin, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has conditionally awarded McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and lead design firm, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to develop, design and construct the SH 71 Express Toll Lanes. The project will run from Presidential Boulevard to east of SH 130 in Austin, along with the realignment of FM 973 south of the Colorado River to approximately 0.5 miles south of the current SH 71/FM 973 intersection.

Utah study quantifies impacts of light rail line on traffic corridor

Salt Lake City — Planners at the University of Utah measured impacts of a new light rail line in Salt Lake City (University Line) on an existing major thoroughfare (400/500 South). Their analysis showed that traffic near the University has fallen to levels not seen since the 1980s, even as the number of students, faculty and staff at the U has increased, and the commercial district along the corridor has expanded.

Parsons Brinckerhoff awarded contract for I-75 modernization in Michigan

Detroit — Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract to assist the Michigan Department of Transportation (DOT) with the delivery of a project to modernize an 18-mile section of the I-75 freeway in Oakland County, Mich. The $850 million project, which runs from Auburn Hills to Hazel Park, involves reconstruction of the highway along with the addition of the first high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in Michigan.

Puerto Rico seeks developers for former U.S. Naval Base

San Juan, P.R. — Puerto Rico issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Master Developers for approximately 3,000 acres of coastal land and facilities on the eastern end of the island. Formerly serving as the U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, the property includes prime Caribbean coastline with an airfield and waterfront development. It is adjacent to Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest and just minutes away from of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Vieques and Culebra.

New bridge design improves earthquake resistance

Seattle — Researchers have developed a new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges (bents) to improve performance for better resistance to earthquakes, less damage and faster on-site construction. The faster construction is achieved by prefabricating the columns and beams offsite and shipping them to the site, where they are erected and connected quickly.

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